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Sorry Americans, That Funny Crocodile Politician Is Wicked Problematic

The whole internet loves Bob Katter, the lovely politician who hates crocodiles. *five seconds later* We regret to inform you Bob Katter doesn't want Muslims in Australia.

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By now you've probably seen it: Australian politician and social conservative Bob Katter discussing his views on same-sex marriage, all before abruptly changing course to angrily decry the existence of man-eating crocodiles in his electorate. It's a hell of a video.

In case you missed it, here's Bob Katter's alternative view on the #samesexmarriage debate. Thanks for watching.…

The short clip went viral last weekend, amassing thousands of retweets on Twitter, endless shares on Facebook, and huge international attention. I get it. He's funny! The dude fuckin' hates crocodiles. Overnight, Katter was even covered by Stephen Colbert on his late night show.

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But all of this international attention focused on Katter has largely ignored the multiple controversies that have followed his long political career. It's important that, should you want to laugh with someone, you at least know how they really feel about things. So sit down, relax, and pay attention. Here are just a few doozies:


Last year, Katter caused controversy for a campaign ad he released the day after the Orlando mass-shooting in the US. In the ad, Katter shoots dead two of his political rivals. Katter's defence was that he had not heard about the Orlando massacre, despite it being the deadliest mass-shooting in US history at the time.


And he also made enemies with Macklemore (Macklemore!!!) after it was announced the American rapper would be performing Same Love at the 2017 rugby league grand final. "Mate, it’s tantamount to seeping sewage into the debutante ball," he said.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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